Serial Entrepreneur Annetta Powell is Today’s Honoree

The Beginning

At the age of 24, I was tired of living paycheck to paycheck and I decided that I was no longer going to work as a Materials Coordinator for Johnson Controls, a job I had started when I was 19. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in June 2002. My dream at the time was to become a director at a company, but once I graduated, I realized that I was never going to become a millionaire working for someone else. True wealth comes from having multiple streams of income, which is also known as diversifying your income. Once I realized I could never become a millionaire working for someone else I decided it was time to take control of my financial future, so I purchased my first real estate property for $18,000. After making the necessary renovations, I was able to sell it for a profit of $24,000.

The Fire was Ignited

Since 2002, I have purchased, renovated and sold more than 600 properties totaling $50 million dollars in real estate sales. I maintained a steady flow of success through my real estate empire Infinity Properties Group. Strong, determined, and optimistic about the future that lay ahead of me, I knew that all of my dreams could come true despite any hardships in my past. Born to deaf parents, I grew up with 6 sisters and 1 brother in Pontiac, Michigan.

Real Estate Changed my Life

In 2007, carrying a wealth of knowledge about the real estate industry, I published my first book, “Finding, Fixing & Flipping properties”. Then I started spreading the word and sharing the secrets of my success through real estate training seminars.

Learning to Overcome Obstacles

I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth, things weren’t given to me. I’ve had to scratch and claw for everything. I’ve faced huge roadblocks and overcome them. For example, I’ve survived domestic violence and a brutal sexual assault.

In September 2008, I was investigated for real estate fraud and was later indicted in November 2011 for Mortgage Fraud for assisting buyers with down payment money to purchase investment properties. In December 2014, I was sentenced to 24 months in prison. I served my prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison, which is known as “Camp Cupcake,” it’s the same institution where Martha Stewart served her prison sentence. Once I was released from prison May 2016, I wanted to tell the world my side of the story so I released and published another book Indicted to Ignited in September 2018.

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